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Parts of Decorah evacuated


DECORAH, IA (KWWL) - "This is pretty devastating I would say, looking behind me" said Decorah resident Alyce Schaller.

Many Decorah residents would agree, as they gathered along the Iowa River on Monday afternoon.

Residents in the flat and lower area of Westside had a mandatory evacuation Monday morning. 

And one group affected by the high waters...the 126 residents at Aase Haugen Nursing Homes.

"We are currently at two churches.  Our assisted living residents are at Methodist church and the majority of our nursing residents are at congregational church." Said Sue Bjelland, Administrator of Aase Haugen Homes. 

Staff members are working around the clock to make these residents feel at home. 

"We are really having that, actually the best time we can.  Food has been a good thing.  We've had a lot of donations.  Bananas and fruit, different things." Bjelland said. 

Meanwhile down by the river, police continued to control traffic across the bridge.

Residents are not advised to travel in Northeast Iowa.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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